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CA county begins process of reversing controversial marijuana cultivation ban

A rural California county has begun the process of reversing a commercial marijuana cultivation ban established in January 2018, in what could prove to be a major win for cannabis growers in the region. The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors told staff to begin prepping a new MJ regulatory ordinance that represents a “180-degree turn” […]

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MedMen, three other West Hollywood marijuana shops get stays of execution

Four longstanding cannabis shops in West Hollywood were granted a reprieve on Tuesday by city officials and will be allowed to remain open until the end of the year instead of being forced to close this summer. Under a previous decision by the city, the four existing shops – all previously medical marijuana dispensaries – […]

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Retired NFL star Calvin Johnson gets initial OK for MI medical cannabis permit

Calvin Johnson, a former standout receiver with the Detroit Lions, has received preliminary approval for a Michigan medical marijuana license to operate a dispensary. Johnson and his wife, Brittney, were granted prequalification status by Michigan’s medical marijuana licensing board on a 4-0 vote Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Johnson and his business partner, former Lions and […]

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North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary set to open

The first medical marijuana dispensary in North Dakota is scheduled to open next week in Fargo. The Botanist will open in the state’s largest city on Feb. 28, according to the North Dakota health department. The dispensary’s parent company is Acreage Holdings, a multistate cannabis operator based in New York. The Botanist, which was awarded […]

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California’s 2018 cannabis tax haul of $345 million falls short of projections

California’s 2018 marijuana tax-revenue tally is in, and once more, it’s far below what the state had projected. According to a news release from the state Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the fourth quarter of 2018 brought $103.3 million in marijuana tax revenues, not including city or county taxes. That brings the year’s total […]

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CA’s use of National Guard to target illegal marijuana grows fuels questions, concerns over potential MJ industry fallout

Legal marijuana companies are cautiously welcoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 150 National Guard troops will deploy to Northern California to “go after illegal cannabis farms,” but the news also is kindling fears in some industry circles of a renewed, government-led drug war. Many legal marijuana companies have long argued that illicit operators pose a major […]

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Seed-to-sale problem halts recreational sales at Boston-area marijuana store

A Boston-area marijuana store had to temporarily stop selling adult-use cannabis flower because of an issue with Massachusetts’ seed-to-sale traceability system, Metrc. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) in Salem halted recreational cannabis sales because the store’s inventory data had become corrupted in Metrc, The Boston Globe reported. It’s unclear when ATG will resume recreational sales. The company announced […]

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Vertically integrated cannabis firm Ascend Wellness raises $55 million for expansion

Boston-based Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH), a multistate vertically integrated marijuana operator, secured $55 million in funding to aid expansion plans in its home state of Massachusetts and other markets. The additional money will allow the company to grow its footprint into Ohio, where Ascend has an agreement to purchase a cultivation license and is in “advanced […]

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Maryland to study legalizing adult-use marijuana in 2020, signaling no action this year

Maryland lawmakers have formed a bipartisan group to study the possibility of legalizing recreational cannabis in 2020 via legislation or referendum. The working group’s formation indicates that legalization legislation introduced earlier this month isn’t likely to pass this year, according to The Baltimore Sun. Bills to legalize adult-use marijuana recently were introduced in the Maryland […]

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Maine chooses Metrc for cannabis seed-to-sale tracking

Maine officials said the state signed a three-year, $150,000 contract with Florida-based Franwell to use its Metrc system to track the growth and distribution of marijuana products. The service will be used initially in Maine’s existing medical cannabis program, regulators said, and eventually in the state’s recreational program, which is in development. Officials from the […]

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Canadian marijuana firm Aphria to improve corporate practices after investigation

Ontario-based cannabis operator Aphria pledged to improve its management practices after an independent investigation found some of its directors had conflicts of interest related to the 2018 acquisition of  LATAM Holdings. While the purchase price of the assets in Argentina, Jamaica and Colombia was deemed to be reasonable – albeit at the top of the […]

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